• Short Summary

    Cleanup operation gets underway from 'Torrey Canyon' oil tanker disaster in Cornwall.

  • Description

    No title - Seven Stones 'Torrey Canyon' oil tanker disaster. South West Cornwall.

    Various shots waves and surf rolling in. L/S Porthleven harbour. M/S's showing oil slick on water. Various shots as barrels of detergent are rolled out. M/S's naval and army officers walking along. C/U Maurice Foley talking to soldier, pan to others. Various shots small boats at quay with soldiers onboard. L/S and M/S soldiers standing on quay with pumping equipment. C/U pump. M/S's barrel of detergent being rolled along quay.

    C/U sign on lorry 'Dasic Chemical for the Torrey Canyon'. M/S's army lorry arriving at Sennen Cove. L/S Sennen Cove. Various shots soldiers with barrels. Various shots as detergent is poured from barrel into bucket. L/S army personnel carrying barrels down coast. L/S as they go across beach. M/S man loading barrel into boat. L/S helicopter flying overhead. M/S 'Torrey Canyon'. C/U sign 'Praa Sands'.

    M/S army vehicles on beach. Various shots soldier spraying oil on beach. C/U pan Land Rover stuck in the sand. Various shots soldiers with planks trying to get the Land Rover out, they finally free it from sand. High angle shots harbour with oil in it. Various shots of boys with seabirds covered in oil. C/U's of them in boys' hands. M/S as a bird is washed in sink. C/U as another has its feathers sponged. Various shots firemen directing hoses in Porthleven harbour. L/S 'Torrey Canyon' after its back has broken. it is partly underwater, pan across it. C/U photographer on helicopter. Various shots of the stricken tanker. M/S dog in garden with people around washing tub in background. C/U as bird is washed in it, C/U woman. C/U as two women put bird in towel. M/S's as a woman sponges it off.

    Various shots as Buccaneer jets are loaded with bombs. M/S beach covered with oil. M/S helicopter with barrel of detergent in net underneath. C/U man directing it in, the barrel is lowered to beach. They open the barrel and let the detergent out onto the oil. M/S as soldiers push another barrel of detergent over cliff onto beach, various shots as those below pour it out. L/S St. Michael's Mount, pan to Marazion beach where workers are doing their best to clear up the mess.

    M/S as Buccaneer jet flies overhead. L/S and M/S of the huge cloud of smoke rising from the Torrey Canyon after it has been bombed. Aerial shot of the smoke, dramatic L/S smoke rising and hanging in sky.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:50:00 / 01:59:41:00

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